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Why Are More and More Young Men Worrying About Erectile Dysfunction?

Posted Tuesday 06 November 2018 11:30 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a condition that seems to be affecting an increasing number of men in their 20s and 30s are experiencing. But is there more to the statistics than meets the eye?

Erectile dysfunction has been officially recognised as a male health issue since the 1990s. Since then, reports and diagnoses of the issue have continued to grow. The condition refers to the inability to develop or maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse and activity. It can the result of an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, prostate cancer or even depression.

For most people, ED is thought to be an affliction which primarily affects older men. Figures show that around 50% of men over 40 experience ED, while around 70% of men over 70 experience the condition. What’s more, men between the ages of 50 and 59 are three times as likely to experience ED compared to men aged between 18 and 29.

But it seems that more and more men from younger age groups are concerned about ED, with performance anxiety becoming an increasing issue.

All in the mind?

A recent study of 2,000 UK men found that 50% of those in their 30s reported difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection. However, neuroscientist in sexual behaviour Nicole Prause says there is little scientific or statistical evidence to suggest that ED numbers are on the rise. Prause comments:

“When you look representatively, there has not been an increase in erectile dysfunction. I see stats all the time reading: ‘It’s increased 1000% in young men’. But there’s no paper that says that.”

Dr Douglas Savage of the Centre for Men’s Health comments, “I have been treating patients for 30 years, and there’s no doubt that we’re seeing more young men today than we used to. Often, these are men who appear to be super-healthy: they’re slim, they exercise, they’re young, and you think: ‘Why on earth have these people got sexual difficulties.’”

If the problem isn’t physical, recent reports do suggest that the psychological factors behind performance failure are on the rise, leading to more young men experiencing performance anxiety.

Psychotherapist at the Apex Complex, Raymond Francis, believes today’s easily-accessible internet culture may be partly to blame: “If you look at the rise of easily accessible pornography, people have an expectation that men are going to be great performers.”

Francis continues: “I see an increasing number of men under the age of 35 developing performance anxiety. Shortly before the man finds himself in bed with his partner, the anxiety builds. The more he imposes a demand on himself, and the more that demand is not met, the more disturbed he becomes. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Dated perceptions of masculinity within the male population may also be at fault, suggests Paul Nelson, who founded an online support group for ED sufferers called Frank Talk: “We are raised in a culture where men do not talk authentically about sex.”

Nelson says that for men, ED can feel like a “total humiliation. There’s a profound feeling of being less than anyone else.

“Men are supposed to always want sex and be ready to go. When you don’t live up to that code, you’re excluded from the men’s club.”

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for ED sufferers?

When ED occurs as the result of emotional pressure and anxiety, open communication is key to overcoming the condition. Whether it’s with a partner, a friend, online communities or through seeking out psychotherapy, acknowledging issues and seeking support is a key step to a full recovery. Seeking treatment for underlying mental health concerns like anxiety and depression can also lead to an improved performance.

Of course, effective erectile dysfunction medication can also provide the assurance needed to enjoy sexual intercourse again. Leading treatments such as Viagra, Spedra and generic sildenafil are all proven to significantly reduce symptoms of ED. These treatments and more are available from Express Pharmacy.

For more information and support regarding erectile dysfunction treatment, contact the team at Express Pharmacy today. You can call us on 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet online Live Chat.

Don’t Let Erectile Dysfunction Ruin Your Festive Season

Posted Friday 08 December 2017 09:37 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Did you know that sales of erectile dysfunction medication doubles in the run up to Christmas, perhaps reflecting the fears of thousands of men that their bedroom performance will fail them over the festive period

Erectile dysfunction affects more than 10% of men under 60, one in five men over 60 and almost a third of men over the age of 70. While the problem is widespread and should not be considered a cause for embarrassment, the fact is that many men’s fear of inadequacy can lead to a reduced interest in sex and overall negative feelings of anxiety and depression.

At Christmas, an increased pressure to engage in sexual activities combined with an increased food and alcohol intake creates a catch 22 when it comes to impotence. Excess alcohol consumption can significantly increase the likelihood of erectile dysfunction symptoms, as can a generally unhealthy lifestyle — which more of us experience at Christmas time.

So it may come as no surprise then that, compared to a typical month of the year, demand for impotence medication increases by as much as 61 per cent in the run up to Christmas, according to research.

These findings suggest that the reasons behind this increase in erectile dysfunction medication usually falls into one of two categories: the emotional strain of Christmas, or the increased desire to get intimate over the festive period.

Finding the best treatment for erectile dysfunction

For men who believe they may need the help of impotence medication, the choice of different products on the market can be somewhat confusing. While almost everyone is familiar with the market-leading Viagra, there are many different prescription medications available today that may be better suited to some men.

Oral tablets are the most popular form of treatment for erectile dysfunction as they are clinically proven to tackle symptoms and provide a reliable and fast-acting solution to impotence. Popular options are Viagra and Sildenafil. Sildenafil is medically equivalent to Viagra but is more affordable because it is not a branded medication. Both of these options, along with several other leading competitors, are available through Express Pharmacy.

Another popular medication is Cialis and its newly released generic alternative, Tadalafil. Like many other erectile dysfunction medicines, Tadalafil and Cialis work by increasing blood flow to the penis, helping men to achieve a firm, maintainable erection when sexually aroused. One of the most popular aspects of these two treatments is the fact that the active ingredient Tadalafil takes effect in just 30 minutes but can provide up to 36 hours of effectiveness – much longer than Viagra or generic Sildenafil.

For more information about treatment for erectile dysfunction, contact the team at Express Pharmacy using our discreet live chat service. Our simple three-step treatment service can get you the erectile dysfunction medication you need in time for Christmas.

Self care to tackle ED

In addition to prescription medication, it is important that men pay attention to their health and wellbeing at this time of year if they wish to avoid the problem of impotence. Generally speaking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, stress and anxiety can have a detrimental effect on gentlemen’s ability to gain and maintain an erection. Yet many men will spend December eating rich food and drinking heavily as the party season progresses.

Paying a close attention to the physical and psychological factors that can influence impotence and taking steps to avoid excess at this time of year can help to complement erectile dysfunction medication.

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Erectile Dysfunction

Posted Wednesday 26 April 2017 21:37 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

impotence medicationErectile dysfunction is a taboo subject, but men who suffer from this condition should know that they do not suffer alone. In fact, a huge number of men have to deal with impotence at some point into their lives – yet for many, the condition remains a mystery.

1. Which common drink could help?

Surprisingly, research has shown that coffee can help overcome symptoms of erectile dysfunction. In a study carried out by the University of Texas, drinking two cups of coffee a day was found to help stimulate a man’s performance in the bedroom.

2. Which country suffers the most?

Japan has the highest number of self-reported incidents of erectile dysfunction in the world. China has the second highest, with the United States coming in third.

3. Are the old wives’ tales true?

It’s a common belief that excessive masturbation can lead to erectile dysfunction, but there has been no scientific link found between the two factors. However, watching a high frequency of porn has been found to affect a man’s sexual performance. Watching a lot of pornographic material can potentially decrease chances of achieving erection with a real-life partner, according to psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair.

4. Who is more at risk?

Research suggests that men with diabetes are particularly susceptible to erectile dysfunction. They tend to suffer symptoms 10-15 years earlier than other sufferers, and are more likely to develop the condition in later life than those without diabetes.

5. Which medications can lead to erectile dysfunction?

Certain medications have been found to potentially cause erectile dysfunction, some of which are very commonly prescribed by General Practitioners. These include anti-depressants, anti-histamines used for allergies like hay fever, corticosteroids used as an anti-inflammatory and diuretics used to treat high blood pressure. Of course, there are also impotence medications available that can counteract some of these when used carefully with the advice and guidance of a doctor or pharmacist.

6. Can erectile dysfunction be a warning?

Yes. Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. These conditions include high blood pressure or even heart disease.

7. What causes erectile dysfunction?

There is no one cause of erectile dysfunction. The condition can be caused by several different issues, including both physical and psychological aspects. More common examples of causes would be the restriction of blood flow to the penis or psychological disorders like depression and anxiety.

One classic at-home test to narrow down the cause of erectile dysfunction is to wrap a line of stamps around the base of the flaccid penis before going to bed. If the line of stamps is broken in the morning, this suggests that the issue is probably psychological as men get a number of erections whilst asleep.

8. How many failed erections constitutes erectile dysfunction?

There is no exact definition for how often a man must experience a failed erection before it becomes clear he has erectile dysfunction. However, the failure to achieve an erection more than 50% of the time is generally considered to constitute erectile dysfunction by medical professionals.

9. How are teeth a factor?

Men with teeth-related issues are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Several studies have linked periodontal disease or chronic gum disease with erectile dysfunction. This is potentially due to bacteria from poor dental hygiene entering the blood flow and damaging blood vessels, which can affect blood flow to the penis.

10. Who can help you overcome erectile dysfunction?

For a lot of men, erectile dysfunction is embarrassing, and not necessarily something they feel confident enough to share with their GP. You should never feel ashamed to seek professional care, but with Express Pharmacy you can get safe and reliable prescription impotence medication in the most discreet way possible.


Den Harding on Friday 05 May 2017 10:09

SUCH an interesting article re erectile dysfunctionality - I would never have known for example about the hygiene connection with teeth could play a part in the problem. The whole article was great and makes people like me who have a bit of a downstairs problem not feel inadequate ! Didn't surprise me to learn that other medication can have erection dysfunctionality as an unwanted side effect , along with many other again unwanted symptoms. Often you go to doctor for flu and he prescribes medication which eases the flu but gives you a migraine or something ?

Anyway - thanks for your service, you are an excellent pharmacy service. X

Marina Abdalla on Friday 05 May 2017 12:58

Hi Den,

Thank you for reading our blog!

Express Pharmacy Patient Support Team.

Richard lennon on Friday 05 May 2017 19:34

I have found that a longer period of foreplay helps ! I have had type 2 diabetes for 26 years and it's a problem that has its upsides ! Being total honest with your partner has helped me ! The fact that I am not alone and worrying about my performance helps

Look forward to more comments


Anton Lawrence on Wednesday 09 May 2018 10:05

These facts are very interesting and helpful for every person who experiences erectile dysfunction problem. Generic Viagra is the best and effective medication for erectile dysfunction. Plenty of men use generic Viagra pill to get back good erection.

Anton Lawrence on Wednesday 09 May 2018 10:04

These facts are very interesting and helpful for every person who experiences erectile dysfunction problem. Generic Viagra is the best and effective medication for erectile dysfunction. Plenty of men use generic Viagra pill to get back good erection.


Can Erectile Dysfunction Really Be a Problem Among Young Men?

Posted Monday 24 October 2016 20:56 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

erectile dysfunctionIt’s a commonly held belief that erectile dysfunction is a problem exclusive to older men. However, this is actually not the case. Young men are also affected by erectile dysfunction, but fortunately Express Pharmacy can help. Read on to find out why young men are experiencing erectile dysfunction, what lifestyle changes you can make, and what medical options are available.

Studies have shown that erectile dysfunction is, for many men, part of getting older. In the United States, 4% of men experience erectile dysfunction whilst in their 50s. This figure rises to 17% when in their 60s before reaching 47% for men older than 75. Whilst it is clear that the rate of erectile dysfunction increases with age, new studies have shown that 5% of men in the USA who are affected by erectile dysfunction are aged between 20 and 39 – and the picture is thought to be the same here in the UK. So why has this condition been affecting more and more young men?

One of the biggest reasons why young men can be unable to keep an erection is simply nerves. Performance anxiety is common in men who lack sexual experience and are somewhat overwhelmed by a desire to please. The more men focus on their performance, the more likely it becomes that they will lose their erection. Fortunately, this is not a permanent affliction. These nerves can dissipate naturally as you become more comfortable with your partner or gain more experience. Sexual therapy is also an option, where a trained specialist can use a range of methods to help you become more relaxed and reduce your sex-related anxiety.

Related to anxiety is depression, which is also a reason why some young men are experiencing erectile dysfunction. Depression is on the rise in young men, and it can have a significant effect on the libido. Some anti-depressants also make it more difficult to maintain an erection or reduce your sex drive, so it’s worth talking to your GP if you’re finding that your medication is having undesirable side-effects.

Alcohol and drugs can also have an effect on men’s erectile function. Alcohol is a depressant, and studies have shown that regular drinking can have long-term effects on your ability to maintain an erection. Even in the short term, many men find it difficult to become erect whilst under the influence of alcohol. Recreational drugs can also have a negative effect – cocaine has been linked to a painful condition where an erection lasts for more than four hours. This is called priapism and can permanently affect your erectile function, so it’s important to seek immediate medical attention.

It’s also possible that these lifestyle factors may not have any effect for you. Like most health problems, sometimes there is no underlying cause and erectile dysfunction can randomly affect men of any age. This can be frustrating and upsetting, but in circumstances where this issue becomes a recurring theme, seeking medication is one solution. We strongly advise that you visit your doctor or purchase your medication from a reputable source such as us.

Many men, too embarrassed to visit their GP, resort to illegally obtaining Viagra without a prescription online. As well as being a criminal act, this can also have disastrous effects on your health as there is no way of knowing what exactly you are being sold.

Here at Express Pharmacy, we offer an online consultation and provide safe, legitimate options to treat erectile dysfunction. We offer Viagra in both its branded and generic form, Sildenafil, as well as other options such as Spedra, Cialis and Levitra – all of which can be effective, depending on your individual requirements. If you are concerned about erectile dysfunction, take a look at our range of erectile dysfunction treatments today. And don’t forget to use our handy Live Chat tool if you have any questions.

Fake Viagra a Very Real Danger in 2016

Posted Tuesday 31 May 2016 12:15 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Viagra is, of course, the best known erectile dysfunction treatment on the market. The revolutionary drug, which contains the active ingredient sildenafil, was first released nearly 20 years ago. Now no longer patented, Viagra has been joined on the market by other impotence medications, enabling users to gain and maintain a firm erection during intercourse.

Long established as a remedy for those people wishing to remain sexually active through middle age and into more senior years, Viagra and its fellow erectile dysfunction treatments have nevertheless become popular with younger individuals seeking added reassurance and confidence in the bedroom.

But as the number of people taking impotence drugs increases, so does the trade in illegal and counterfeit medications. Indeed, it has been estimated that between 2015 and 2016 as much as £11 million of fake erectile dysfunction drugs were seized in the UK. This represents the largest haul ever seen.

This is even more concerning when we consider the side effects that have been associated with these unregulated, unreliable and dangerous drugs. Recorded side effects include visual problems, fainting, dangerous reductions in blood pressure and heart problems.

While pharmacists have been quick to warn that Viagra, generic sildenafil or any other impotence medication should not be treated as a recreational drug to be purchased on any street corner, this doesn’t appear to be stemming the tide of fake drugs coming into the UK.

Just a quick search online reveals a huge number of adverts promoting improved sexual performance from sites that are in no way regulated or representative of the medical profession. It is hardly surprising then that seizures of counterfeit Viagra have revealed pills to be comprised of nasties such as chalk, detergent and talcum powder among others.

Needless to say that as a prescription medication Viagra should only be purchased from a registered UK pharmacy and taken only with guidance from a pharmacist or doctor. Never trust the appearance of a medication as this can easily be imitated by those wishing to sell fake products on the black market.

Taking counterfeit pills is dangerous because such pills will not have been through the same strict and thorough safety tests that all licensed medication must go through. And without consulting a medical professional those taking such pills may be putting their health in danger in the event that they have any underlying problems such as pre-existing blood pressure issues or are exceeding recommended dosage.

How to trust your medication

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maurizio altini on Sunday 05 June 2016 16:51

As you can see, I have bought medication from expresspharmacy in the past. It was delivered mainly to Italy, but also to my home in Northern Ireland..


Can you still ship to Italy?



Marina Abdalla on Monday 06 June 2016 18:14

Hi Maurizio,

Unfortunately due to legislation we are no longer able to ship to come countries within Europe. You can see by clicking on the following link the countries are still able to send medication to.


paul in spain on Friday 03 June 2016 09:14

why can you not supply my needs in spain, clearly the law has changed? why?

Marina Abdalla on Saturday 18 June 2016 12:10
Reply to paul in spain

Hi Paul,

Unfortunately due to legislation we are no longer able to ship to come countries within Europe. You can see by clicking on the following link the countries are still able to send medication to.


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